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Health Benefits of Wind Power Rely on Which Fossil Fuel Plants It Replaces

Health Benefits of Wind Power Rely on Which Fossil Fuel Plants It Replaces

Health benefits of using wind energy instead of fossil fuels could quadruple if the most polluting power plants are selected for dialing down, new study finds.

Oh Bee-have! UT Scientist’s Book for Children Highlights the Many Facets of Bees

Oh Bee-have! UT Scientist’s Book for Children Highlights the Many Facets of Bees

Felicity Muth

Felicity Muth, a UT Austin assistant professor of integrative biology whose work focuses on cognition, didn't always know what animal she would ultimately work with to better understand the living world.

Doctors and Patients Have a New Tool to Aid in Conversations About Diet

Doctors and Patients Have a New Tool to Aid in Conversations About Diet

Talking with patients about nutrition can be delicate, and few medical doctors have training in nutritional science. But now, physicians will be able to get assistance from a new artificial intelligence system designed by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

Amateur Scientists Have Helped Astronomers Identify Nearly a Quarter-Million Galaxies

Amateur Scientists Have Helped Astronomers Identify Nearly a Quarter-Million Galaxies

The Hobby-Eberly Telescope collects images that citizen scientists use to identify galaxies in the Dark Energy Explorers project.

Astronomers on a historically ambitious and massive galaxy-mapping mission have activated more than 10,000 amateur scientists in 85 countries to help in their quest. Now they hope to significantly scale up their volunteer force for a unique project that could reveal for the first time the nature of dark energy.

Dense Bacterial Populations Create Mutant Breeding Grounds for Antibiotic Resistance

Dense Bacterial Populations Create Mutant Breeding Grounds for Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a global health threat and killed an estimated 1.27 million people in 2019. The overuse of antibiotic medication is often blamed for creating these deadly pathogens, but now scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have found a new contributor: bacterial swarms that create ideal breeding grounds to evolve antibiotic resistance, even in the absence of antibiotics. The scientists' findings suggest a potential chink in bacteria's armor that could offer new ways of reducing antibiotic-resistant infections by using a combination of already existing drugs.

Inspired by Biology, Physicists Make More Efficient Motors

Inspired by Biology, Physicists Make More Efficient Motors

Physicists at The University of Texas at Austin have discovered that mimicking human muscles can lead to more efficiently designed electric motors for use in robots and appliances. Their bioinspired motors use up to 22% less energy, have a greater range of motion and can lift objects higher than typical electric motors.

Texas Memorial Museum Set to Reopen in 2023 with Renovations and New Exhibits

Texas Memorial Museum Set to Reopen in 2023 with Renovations and New Exhibits

A sabertooth cat statue greets visitors outside the historic Texas Memorial Museum, which is set to reopen in fall 2023.

The University of Texas at Austin and its College of Natural Sciences will renovate and upgrade one of the most historic visitors' spots on campus, the Texas Memorial Museum.

Students Win Big at International Synthetic Biology Competition

Students Win Big at International Synthetic Biology Competition

A team of 12 undergraduate students at UT Austin received top awards at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition, including placing in the top 10 overall in the undergraduate category—the only team from the U.S. to do so.

Newly Opened Patton Center for Marine Science Education Offers Opportunities to Explore

Newly Opened Patton Center for Marine Science Education Offers Opportunities to Explore

Young visitors play and explore in The University of Texas at Austin's newly renovated Patton Center for Marine Science Education, based at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas.

A newly renovated and reimagined space for exploring the science of marine life and ecosystems is now open to the public, free of charge, on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas. The Patton Center for Marine Science Education offers exhibits, aquaria and programming like keeper chats and fish-feeding demonstrations for visitors to enjoy.

Meeting Challenges, Celebrating 25 Years, UTeach Tackles State's Teacher Shortage

Meeting Challenges, Celebrating 25 Years, UTeach Tackles State's Teacher Shortage

As UTeach at The University of Texas at Austin celebrates 25 years of preparing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers, it is rising to meet challenges, including a significant shortage of teachers in states like Texas. UTeach's new intensive accelerated teacher development program, UTeach for Texas, aims to help curtail the teacher shortage by supporting career changers who already hold a STEM degree so they can receive teacher preparation in just seven months.